Since the end of July up to 10th September there is a sculpture exhibition at Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum in Coggeshall (postcode for satnav CO6 1TG) and so far I have been four times. There are over 250 sculptures in the gardens which are made from all sorts of materials from Portuguese and Carrara marble, Zimbabwean springstone, bronze, bronze resin, marine grade stainless steel, galvanised forged steel and blown glass, Welsh slate, aluminium gauze, wood and willow to name a few and many incorporate movement whether by floating or wind power. They are all amazing but the few I have selected to show here are chosen on the basis of material, one of which is my favourite, the fact that the subject of one had his tercentenary last year (and the Embroiderers Guild did a project inspired by his work), one in particular made me smile and the last one I chose is very impressive.
The two photos above show pieces by Carole Andrews from Kent and the materials she has used are an aluminium gauze with copper or steel support. The aluminium gauze has been manipulated and pleated and trap in the gauze is some sort of resin or plaster. Detail pictures below.
The sculpture shown in the photos below is by Pam Foley from Northamptonshire and made from iron resin. However, it looks like the figure has been wrapped in some sort of scrim like material and, in fact, this piece is titled Wrapped. I think it has the look of a Giacometti figure and is my favourite sculpture in the exhibition.
The figure below is of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown by Laury Dizengremel and is described as being made of “resin for bronze”. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was the inspiration for Embroiderers Guild exhibitions across the country last year which was his tercentenary.
The two sculpture below were chosen for humour and scale. The photo on the left shows Fork in Pollen by Mark Reed from Norfolk and is made from cold cast pewter and fibre glass. We wondered if he suffers from hay fever – say the title quickly. The sculpture on the right is titled “Close” by Paul Vanstone and are made from Portuguese marble on Italian marble bases.